Keep Yourself Safe On Public WiFi

Keep Yourself Safe On Public WiFi
At Shoestring Networks, we’re all about “securing your digital stuff”. There are lots of ways for your information to “leak”: hacked websites, poor passwords, careless hardware policies to name a few. But a common way you may be giving out personal, banking, or business-related data is by simply using the WiFi at your local coffee ...

Update LastPass Now

Update LastPass Now
If you’ve followed us for very long, you know we think password managers are a smart move. Rather than reusing passwords among sites, or picking terribly simple passwords, or writing them down, allowing a password manager to generate and store your passwords and passphrases is a win. You probably also know that we like LastPass. ...

Ransomware Tools To The Rescue!

Ransomware Tools To The Rescue!
We’ve blogged and podcasted about Ransomware many, many, times here at Shoestring Networks. As far as I’m concerned, ransomware is the story of 2016. Just two weeks ago, the San Francisco transit system was brought down by ransomware demanding payment of over $73,0001. A month ago (November 2016) the UK’s National Health System was attacked, forcing ...

31: The Best Email Service For Your Business

31: The Best Email Service For Your Business
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…What is the best email service for your small business? Is it your ISP’s POP3 server? An onsite Exchange box? What about a cloud service like G Suite or Office 365? Listen in this week for our recommendation. Links Office 365 Plans and Pricing G Suite Pricing Download Download episode transcript (PDF) ...

Evil Twin Wi-Fi Hotspots—Danger Lurks

Evil Twin Wi-Fi Hotspots—Danger Lurks
What Are Evil Twin Hotspots Evil Twin hotspots are rogue Wi-Fi hotspots that are created and used for deception and harvesting users’ private information. One the of the main security dangers when using open/public Wi-Fi is the Evil Twin. Think of it this way, in addition to the Wi-Fi access point that you regularly use ...

How To: Update Sun Java

How To: Update Sun Java
Like Adobe Flash Player, Sun’s Java development environment helps super-charge web pages and create applications for everything from copy machines to smart phones. But Java is like Flash in another way; it’s an incredibly bug-ridden security hole. It was once popular to install it “just in case” you needed it on your computer. But what ...

Privacy Policies—A Review Of DuckDuckGo

Privacy Policies—A Review Of DuckDuckGo
Issues With Search Engine Privacy Policies For those of us that live in a land of liberties, few are more precious to us than privacy. As the Internet became the most common way of connecting to society, it also opened privacy challenges that still exist. Even though most Internet users are aware of the privacy issues, ...

How To: Update Adobe Flash Player

How To: Update Adobe Flash Player
If you’ve followed us on Twitter or Facebook for very long, you’ve probably seen something like this: Flash, for all it’s usefulness as a way to do cool stuff on the web, has revealed itself to be full of bugs. Just last week we had an out-of-cycle update released because an exploit was found in ...

IoT Security is Important To Everyone—What You Need To Know

IoT Security is Important To Everyone—What You Need To Know
The Largest DDoS Ever On September 20, 2016, the largest¹ ever DDoS attack, took place against Brian Krebs. A significant thing about this attack, other than being the largest ever, was the vector, IoT devices. Hundreds of thousands of IoT devices, referred to as an “army of a million hacked devices,” including network-connected webcams, closed-circuit cameras, DVRs, and ...

Pump Up Your Password, Part 2

Pump Up Your Password, Part 2
In Pump Up Your Password, Part 1, we talked about the benefits of moving from a complex password to a long password. One of the problems we discussed is that often when you come up with a great password, the temptation is for you to use it everywhere. But that would be like having one key ...